|Section 2: Practical Wisdom, Article 8
Legal Protection: Our Heritage
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper;
and every tongue that shall rise against thee
in judgment thou shalt condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of Yehuveh,
and their righteousness is of Me, saith Yehuveh.”
|n the early afternoon I had been handed two subpoenas—one for my personal and business records and one for myself to appear before a Federal Grand Jury. I was shocked, to put it mildly. I had had very few legal dealings, even with lower courts, and certainly nothing more challenging than traffic|
|court. The shock of this turn of events was only exceeded by the sense of dread and uncertainty. This was a side of life I never expected to enter.
The matter involved a friend who had assisted me at times in my construction work. When his ex-wife stirred up legal trouble, the case had taken a couple of twists and come around to questions of my involvement with him by providing him work. The Prosecuting Attorney, in researching his contacts, had come upon my name and wanted to talk to me. To be sure they could get whatever information they wanted, they were asking for all my business and personal records for several years. It would be a considerable expense in time and money to copy so much information. I didn’t know what to do.
With whom could I counsel? What would be decided if the prosecuting attorney went through all my records? What would be the results to me? What was to happen to my friend in this situation? Where could I turn for help? I hardly knew how to feel. Anxious was a mild term, terror was too strong. But feelings undefined kept me awake all night. What would happen to me after the hearing? Would I be considered criminally involved and myself have to serve time? How serious was this matter?
The first and only solace for me has always been the Scriptures, so as I sat alone, awake, that was where I turned. I started with Isaiah 54:17, and read it in several versions. I liked the reading in the Scriptures: “‘No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall prove wrong. This is the inheritance of the servants of Yehuveh, and their righteousness from Me,’ declares Yehuveh.” That was clear. I really had no reason to fear the outcome. It had already been determined. Though anxious concerns still circled in my thoughts, there was a quietness that enveloped me. By the very words of Yehuveh, I could not be condemned. Somehow Yehuveh would see me through this. Then very specific texts was pressed into my thoughts: “In an acceptable time have I heard thee, and in a day of salvation have I helped thee: and I will preserve thee.” “Behold, Yehuveh Elohim will help me; who is he that shall condemn me?” I already have an “Attorney” who never loses a case! I bowed my head and committed the whole matter to Yehuveh. I knew from Isaiah 50 and 54 that I could not be condemned and now I had assurance that Yehuveh would help me. The matter was already settled. Yehuveh would see me through this experience. I knew peace for the first time since the papers had been served to me. Isaiah 49:8; 50:9.
Originally Written: 11 September 2005
Latest Update: 30 January 2010
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